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BULKLEY SOUTHWORTH GRIFFIN PAPERS

SCOPE NOTE: This miscellaneous collection of Bulkley Southworth Griffin's contains autographed letters of notable figures and printed ephemera from the 19th and 20th centuries. Of note are two photographs by G.D. Wakeley of the White House and the Capitol Building from 1865 and 1866 respectively, accompanied by an assortment of genealogical materials from the Bulkley, Southworth and Griffin families of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bulkley Southworth Griffin (1893-1967) was a Washington based newspaperman for most of his career. From 1916-1917 and 1919-1922 he served as a reporter, city editor and Washington correspondent for his father's paper, the Springfield Republican. Ultimately he founded the Griffin-Larrabee News Bureau in 1922. Of special interest from this period is his journal of 1922 regarding domestic politics during the Harding presidency.

He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on August 16, 1893 to Solomon Bulkley and Ida Southworth Griffin. At 23 he moved to Washington, and later served with the U.S. Army and Navy in World War I as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Air Service. Griffin married Isabel Kinnear on July 8, 1926. In 1945 he returned to Europe as a war correspondent for five months with the 3rd Army.

An avid collector of Mark Twain books, Griffin donated his collection to the Buffalo and Erie County Library, NY. After his death, his daughter donated many of Griffin's books to Georgetown. The Georgetown University Library holds a copy of his own book, Offbeat History: A Compendium of Americana, 1967 (call #E173.G87).

ACCESSION DATA:

Status: Open Access

Photocopying permitted.

Provenance: Gift of Charmian Griffin Clark, 1983.

Processed by Jodie L. Roussell, June 2002.

Abbreviations:

ALS - autograph letter signed

TLS - typed letter signed

MS - manuscript signed

BULK DATES: 1830 - 1900
SPAN DATES: 1717 - 1968

EXTENT: 4 boxes, 3.75 linear feet

SERIES


SERIES: 1. Collection of Letters


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Collection of letters and autographs from mostly 19th century American politicians.

SERIES: 2. Bulkley Southworth Griffin - Personal Papers


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series is composed of Bulkey Southworth Griffin's Journal from 1922 and personal materials, a photo with the Springfield Republican staff, his driver's license from 1927 and several inaugural invitations.The Date Book consists of political commentary, primarily Griffin's thoughts on individual politicians and assorted policy initiatives.

SERIES: 4. Collected Ephemera


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Assorted 19th century advertisements and theatre programs.

SERIES: 3. Genealogical Materials


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Genealogical materials of the Bulkley, Southworth and Griffin families, including letters, family trees, crests and personal histories.

SERIES: 5. Printed Materials


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Assorted 19th c. newspapers, maps, illustrations, advertisements and photographs.

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